Dr. Pengju Ji 吉鹏举:

Dr. Pengju Ji graduated from the University of Huddersfield, UK, with a PhD degree in physical organic chemistry (with Profs. Mike Page and John Atherton), after 2 years postdoc with Prof. Jin-Pei Cheng at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, he is now a faculty member of the Chemistry Department of Tsinghua University. His research interests mainly cover the solvation and solvent effects of non-aqueous solvents, such as liquid ammonia and more recently ionic liquids. He is also interested with the bond transformation and organic reaction mechanism in these solvents.


1995.9-1999.7 BSc, Chemistry Department, Northwest University, Xi'an, China

2002.9-2005.7 MSc in Organic Synthesis, Chemistry Department, Northwest University, Xi'an, China

2008.1-2011.4 PhD  in Physical Organic Chemistry, School of Applied Sciences, Department

                                 of Biological and Chemical Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Academic Career:

2005.9-2008.1 Research Assistant, Sinopec Centre of Petrolum Science&Technology, Tianjin University;

2012.3-2012.9 Visiting Scholar, State Key Laboratory of Elemento Organic Chemistry, Nankai University;  

2012.10-2014.10 Postdoc, Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University;

2015.1-2017.4 Assistant Prof., Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University.


24) Gao, F. X.+; Wang, Z.+; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J. -P.* CO2 Absorption by DBU-Based Protic Ionic Liquids: Basicity of Anion Dictates the Absorption Capacity and Mechanism. Frontiers in Chem. 2018, in revision.

23) Gao, F. X.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J. -P.* Equilibrium Acidities of Nitroalkanes in an Ionic Liquid. J. Org. Chem2018, ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.8b02183.

22) Wang, Z.; Wang, F.; Xue, X.-S.*; Ji, P.* Acidity Scale of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Precursors: Can We Predict the Stability of NHC-CO2 Adducts?  Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 6041.

21) Yang, J.-D.+; Ji, P.+; Xue, X.-S.; Cheng, J.-P.* Recent Advances and Advisable Applications of Bond Energetics in Organic Chemistry.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 8611. [Perspective]

20) Wang, Z.; Zheng, Y.-J.; Zheng, Y.; Xue, X.-S.*; Ji, P.* A Systematic Theoretical Study on the Acidities for Cations of Ionic Liquids in Dimethyl Sulfoxide. J. Phys. Chem. A 2018, 122, 5750.

19) Wang, Z.; Gao, F. X.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J. -P.* Unexpected Solvation-stabilisation of Ions in a Protic Ionic Liquid: Insights Disclosed by a Bond Energetic Study. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 3538.

18) Xue, X.-S.+; Ji, P.+; Zhou, B.; Cheng, J.-P.* The Essential Role of Bond Energetics in C–H Activation/Functionalization. Chem. Rev. 2017, 117, 8622.

17) Wang, Z.-D.; Li, X.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J.-P.* Absolute pKas of Sulfonamides in Ionic Liquids: Comparisons to Molecular Solvents. J. Org. Chem201681, 11195.

16) Mao, C.; Wang, Z.-D.; Wang, Z.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J.-P.* Weakly Polar Aprotic Ionic Liquids Acting as Strong Dissociating Solvent: A Typical “Ionic Liquid Effect” Revealed by Accurate Measurement of Absolute pKa of  Ylide Precursor Salts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5523.

15) Mao, C.; Wang, Z.; Ji, P.*; Cheng, J.-P.* Is Amine a Stronger Base in Ionic Liquid Than in Common Molecular Solvent? An Accurate Basicity Scale of Amines. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 8384.

14Xue, X.-S.; Wang, Y.; Yang, C.; Ji, P.; Cheng, J.-P.* Toward Prediction of the Chemistry in Ionic Liquids: An Accurate Computation of Absolute pKa Values of Benzoic Acids and Benzenethiols. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 8997.

13) Wang, Z.; Ji, P.*; Li, X.; Cheng, J. -P.* Double-Line Hammett Relationship Revealed through Precise Acidity Measurement of Benzenethiols in Neat Ionic Media: A Typical “Ionic Liquid Effect”? Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 5744.

12) Wang, Z.; Deng, H.; Li, X.*; Ji, P.; Cheng, J.-P.* Standard and Absolute pKa Scales of Substituted Benzoic Acids in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 12487.


11Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.*; Page, M. I.* The Kinetics and Mechanisms of Organic Reactions in Liquid Ammonia. J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Discussions, 2010, 145, 15.

10Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.* Liquid Ammonia as a Dipolar Aprotic Solvent for Aliphatic Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 1425.

9Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.* The Kinetics and Mechanisms of Aromatic Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions in Liquid Ammonia. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 3286.

8Ji, P.; Powles, N. T.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.*  Ionization of Carbon Acids in Liquid Ammonia. Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 6118.

7Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.* Copper(I)-catalyzed Amination of Aryl Halides in Liquid Ammonia. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 7471.

6Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.* Organic Reactivity in Liquid Ammonia. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10, 5732. [Perspective]

5Ji, P.; Atherton, J. H.; Page, M. I.* Copper Catalysed Azide–alkyne Cycloaddition (CuAAC) in Liquid Ammonia. Org. Biomol. Chem201210, 7965.


4) Sun, X. H.; Liu, Y. F.; Tan, Z. C.; Ji, P.; Wang, M. H. Chin. J. Chem. 2005, 23, 1490.

3) Sun, X. H.; Ji, P.; Liu, Y. F.; Chen, B.; Jia, Y. Q. Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2005, 25, 724.

2) Sun, X. H.; Wang, H. F.; Liu, Y. F.; Chen, B.; Ji, P.; Yang, J. W. Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2004, 24, 506.

1) Zhang, Z. L.; Du, G.; Ji, P.; Zhu, J.; Jing, X. Chin. J. Environ. Eng. 2007, 1, 141.

Contact Details:

Email: jipengju@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

S902B, Meng Min Wai Science and Technology Bldg,

Centre of Basic Molecular Science (CBMS), Dept. of Chemistry,

Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China.